Getting to Know The Life Electric
This isn't the first time I've admitted this; I'm a sucker for a good New England band. This area has not only allowed me to grow up as a person but as a writer and lover of music. Because of this, I love showing you guys the kind of amazing talent we have here and why New England is the place to be when it comes to the music scene. The Life Electric is an alternative band from Boston, Massachusetts that just screams FUN with every note (
no not literally.) Their new album "The Real You" gives you a little insight into the band and gives you a summer soundtrack for sure. I spoke with Ben, guitarist of The Life Electric, about their newest release, inspirations, and fish tacos. Read on!
You released an LP a few months back with a couple singles to hype it, first let’s talk about “Gone, Gone, Gone." The song sounds like it may have come from a personal experience, is this the case? Ben: In a general sense, definitely. But I also think that it applies to most people in the music scene. We either all know people who can't stop searching for what's cool with little regard to what they actually like or dislike or we are those people. I think at some point in all of our lives we've all been guilty of that in one way or another.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6VuRAxVdgs “Heartbeat" was also released recently - can you tell us about how that song came about? Ben: This was a song that I wrote while driving on the road, headed to band practice. I wrote it all in my head, and by the time I got there, I had a lot of it mapped out already.
The Real You is your most recent release. Was there a theme or point you guys wanted to get across with this album? Ben: There wasn’t an intentional theme, but the songs revolve around that particular time in our lives, especially with relationships. Good and Bad. The title track is about finding the true, authentic self in people, and we realized all the tracks are a variation of that theme. But not until afterwards when we were trying to come up with an album title.
From a production side what was the most challenging part of putting this album together? Ben: I wouldn’t consider making this record a challenge for me, because I was like a kid in a candy store with the different guitars, amps, effects, keyboards, and outboard gear I had at my disposal. But from an instrumental perspective, I had to be really, really precise with my playing at times because the effects were mostly captured in the performance, straight to audio. Also, I had no idea you only had about 11 seconds of audio for each note of the Mellotron before it stops and rewinds back again. The goal of minimizing any cutting and pasting was to get as much of a natural-sounding take as possible. Other than that, I think the only other main challenge was keeping focused and cohesive from song to song, because the sessions were broken up over the course of several months.
Since the album is called “The Real You,” what’s the quickest way to get to know the real you? Ben: Over fish tacos. [laughs]
Do you have any surefire way to get into the writing mood? What gets your creative juices flowing? Ben: Almost always, seeing another band play live. It’s a good reminder of why we do what we do. Listening to new music, too. That’ll get the creative juices flowing a lot of times. But inspiration can come from anywhere and any time, and we’ve spent a lot of time over the years developing when to recognize that new ideas have actually arrived at your doorstep. To me, creativity is actually a skill, not a gift.
[bandcamp width=100% height=120 album=2542674129 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5 tracklist=false artwork=small] You guys are from Boston, where people are known to be very serious about their sports teams. Do you guys follow Boston sports and if so which sport/team is your favorite? Ben: I’m a transplant from the Midwest, but I immediately took to the Red Sox. They really are a common denominator in all things Boston. I loved and still love the Cubs growing up, and when I moved here, the Sox hadn’t broken the curse yet. So, yeah, it felt natural to root for the perennial underdog. But I’m not exactly an ardent fan of any sport, although maybe some of the other guys are.
What can fans look forward to from TLE in the coming months? Ben: We’ll coming to a radio station near you, so be on the lookout!
Thanks Ben for hanging out and be sure to listen to their new album "The Real You!" As always their social media info is below so you can stay up to date with all things The Life Electric.